Chemical Dependency Counselor Salary

Chemical Dependency Counselors in the United States take home approximately $17.55 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Chemical Dependency Counselors who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,465 - $50,756
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MEDIAN: $38,090
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$12.30 - $22.45
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$0$50K
Salary $29,465 - $50,756
Bonus $206 - $2,909
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$27,615 - $49,473
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 185
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.30 - $22.45
Overtime $14.76 - $33.69
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $206 - $2,909
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,615 - $49,473
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 204

Job Description for Chemical Dependency Counselor

Chemical Dependency Counselors are people who help those suffering from drug addiction, alcoholism, and other chemical dependencies. They can be someone's sole lifeline when a person decides to start their recovery process. Counselors help to find the roots of their clients' dependency and form a trusting relationship so that they can assist them through a treatment program. Depending on the client's circumstances, treatment options can vary, so a chemical dependency counselor should be knowledgeable about the many methods of treating addiction.

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Chemical Dependency Counselor Tasks

  • Manage caseload and documentation
  • Perform chemical dependency evaluations for patients
  • Develop individual intervention, treatment and recovery plans
  • Facilitate and lead group and education sessions
  • Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments

Common Career Paths for Chemical Dependency Counselor


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Chemical Dependency Counselors tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Mental Health Counselor. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Skills for Chemical Dependency Counselor


Chemical Dependency Counselors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Chemical Dependency Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Chemical Dependency Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Chemical Dependency Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 205 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chemical Dependency Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Chemical Dependency Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 67 salaries. A Chemical Dependency Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,189

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Chemical Dependency Counselors, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Chemical Dependency Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like St. Paul (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), Everett (+6 percent), and Rochester (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Workers in Cleveland and Spokane earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 12 percent.

Chemical Dependency Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chemical Dependency Counselor?

Chemical Dependency Counselor in Cincinnati:
"A Different Experiencee."
Pros: With my job I like the fact that I get to have human contact, and I get to sit and provide support to the clients that I end up seeing at the engagement part of the process. Also, I get to work with the insurance companies to approve services on behalf of the clients and organizations to ensure utilization of benefits and insurance.
Cons: I do not appreciate the fact that we have people in positions that are not qualified and they make more than people who are more qualified and apt to help the clients. Moreover, the fact that I feel discriminated against due to the color of my skin, etc.

Chemical Dependency Counselor in Minneapolis:
"Wonderfully and Emotionally Rewarding Job!!"
Pros: Working with clients, and helping make positive life changes.
Cons: The pay is not so great.

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Key Stats for Chemical Dependency Counselor

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries

▲12%

▲12%

▲8%

National Average
$37,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Chemical Dependency Counselor Salaries


Counseling
▲2%


National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 23%